The opposition has set up a fight over gig economy reform, predicting government plans to give Uber-style contract workers more rights could hamper self-employed tradespeople, but Labor is pushing ahead with a plan to unveil legislation early next year.
Multiple sources familiar with confidential talks government officials held with major gig economy companies on Friday said it will hold detailed consultations this year ahead of introducing legislation to parliament in 2023. The new laws are intended to ensure that people who work for platforms such as Uber are not left without key employment rights just because they are classified as contractors.
Senator Michaelia Cash, the opposition’s industrial relations spokeswoman, argued the government’s gig economy plans risked hurting other contractors.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen
In response to the government branding the gig economy a "cancer", opposition industrial relations spokeswoman Michaelia Cash said Labor was demonising self-employed people in service of the unions.
“This attack on the gig economy will end up being an attack on all independent contractors – like truck drivers, plumbers and numerous other hard-working tradesmen and women," Cash said.